hot dog

A hot dog is a mild sausage served on a bun. For an easy backyard cookout, you can just throw a bunch of hot dogs on the grill.

Sometimes called "wieners" or "frankfurters," hot dogs are an extremely common summertime food in the U.S., served at baseball games and barbecues across the country. Hot dog enthusiasts frequently argue about the appropriate condiments — some prefer ketchup, others swear by mustard and pickle relish, and still others insist on topping theirs with sauerkraut. Though hot dogs are now as American as apple pie, they were imported to the Midwest in the late 19th century from Germany.

Definitions of hot dog
  1. noun
    a frankfurter served hot on a bun
    synonyms: hotdog, red hot
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    types:
    chili dog
    a hotdog with chili con carne on it
    type of:
    sandwich
    two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them
  2. noun
    a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll
    synonyms: dog, frank, frankfurter, hotdog, weenie, wiener, wienerwurst
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    types:
    Vienna sausage
    short slender frankfurter usually with ends cut off
    type of:
    sausage
    highly seasoned minced meat stuffed in casings
  3. noun
    someone who performs dangerous stunts to attract attention to himself
    synonyms: hotdog
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    type of:
    exhibitionist, show-off, showboat
    someone who deliberately behaves in such a way as to attract attention
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